Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Luna.
Hi Patricia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I had been interested in health and wellness since I was a little girl. It never had crossed my mind to become a massage therapist. My uncle had opened his own massage spa and asked me if I would be interested in working for him. I just needed to earn my massage license. I researched some schools, went to an open house on a Thursday night, and was enrolled and attending on Monday. I was apprehensive about starting at the massage school. I had taken other courses in IT and other avenues and never pursued those paths.
I qualified for grants and loans and I saw it as a sign that I should move forward with this new venture. On the first day of class, we started massaging each other. We focused on the hands. I fell in love with the beauty and grace of the professor giving the massage during a demonstration and how amazing it felt to receive the massage. I worked for several franchised massage companies for a few years in Virginia after graduating. In August 2019, I opened my own practice in Maryland while continuing to work in Virginia. In March 2020 (a little over six months), I had to close temporarily for the pandemic. I was very uncertain of my future as a massage therapist and for my company.
In June of 2020, I was full of doubts but returned to the franchise and very slowly tried to rebuild and start from scratch once again with my own practice. I absolutely love what I do. A client comes in tired, stressed, or injured and after about an hour with me, there is an immediate and noticeable improvement in their state. My clients’ expressions of relief and gratitude feel so rewarding and fruitful to me. I always look forward to my day.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Some of the obstacles and challenges along the way have been starting a business in a state where I had never worked. I had fully booked schedules for every shift I worked in Virginia and because of my commute I skipped breaks. I still see a handful of clients from Virginia that will come up to see me. Starting my own practice and going solo was very lonely and there were days when I had only one client.
Another challenge is the location where I began my practice in Gaithersburg attracted a lot of clients who were confusing my business with a brothel.
This year I almost shut down the business because my overhead was too high and I didn’t have enough clients to break even during and after businesses began reopening. Not everyone was ready for touch when “six feet apart” was still practiced. One of my solutions was leasing a smaller space.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Luna Wellness Center?
I am in the business of wellness. I work in tandem sometimes with chiropractors and physical therapists to get clients back to feeling relief. I massage for health. My form of massage is a mesh of everything that I have learned and continue to learn. Think of it as a list of ingredients and spices.
I collect more and more each time with each new modality or technique that I learn to create a unique repertoire each session – a delicious experience. Then when the client comes in based on how they are feeling I create a massage experience for their specific need(s) on that specific day. No two massages are ever the same.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My most beloved childhood memories have always been attached to moments of affection and emotion. My dad used to pull one arm and one leg from one side of my body and stretch them in opposite directions. I remember it was the most wonderful feeling in the world. Perhaps my love for massage therapy was born there.
Everyone deserves to love and healthy, loving touch… especially these days and especially from the gap that social distancing has brought about. I can see how some people feel more isolated and starving for a touch more than ever. Therapeutic massage in conjunction with nutrition and stretching or some form of physical activity is essential for healthy living.
- $100 for an hour of treatment
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.lunawellnessctr.com
- Instagram: lunawellnessmassage
- Facebook: @LunaWellnessCtr
Patricia Luna and Wendy Escobar